Investor Relations

Board Members

PLC Board

The PLC Board contains a balance of Executive and Non-Executive Directors and is responsible for dealing with the strategic direction and long term success of the Group. The Board will meet every two months or at any other time deemed necessary for the good management of the business and at a location agreed between the Board members.

Non-Executive Chairman

Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry

Sir Tony, has had a long a prestigious Parliamentary career. He was Personal Aide to Margaret Thatcher in the 1974 General Election and subsequently remained in her private office when she became Leader of the Opposition.

Sir Tony served as MP for North Oxfordshire from 1983 to 2015. He held various ministerial posts during the 1990s, serving as Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with a range of responsibilities including South Asia, Africa, North America and the West Indies.

Sir Tony, a practicing barrister, was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contribution to European politics in 1975. He takes a keen interest in foreign affairs and was a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute and was a member of the Overseas Development Institute. Tony was Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development in the 2010 Parliament.

Sir Tony is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and Disclosure Committee and is a member of the Remuneration CommitteeAudit Committee and Risk Committee.

Non Executive Deputy Chairman

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Malcolm Ross GCVO, OBE

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE, is a former member of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, and since 2006, of the Prince of Wales (retired March 2008).

Sir Malcolm was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. He served in the Scots Guards from 1964 to 1987, holding the posts of Adjutant at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 1977-1979, and reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1982.

Sir Malcolm joined the Royal Household in 1987 as Assistant Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and Management Auditor. In 1989 he ceased to be Management Auditor, but remained as Assistant Comptroller until 1990. From 1989 to 1990 he was Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. He was Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office 1991-2005, and became Master of the Household to the Prince of Wales in 2006. Since 1988 he has been an Extra Equerry to The Queen.

He was made an OBE in 1988, and joined the Royal Victorian Order in 1994 as a CVO. He was knighted as a KCVO in 1999, and advanced to GCVO in 2005. He has been a member of the Royal Company of Archers since 1981, and a Freeman of the City of London since 1994. In 2006, he was made Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright.

Sir Malcolm is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Fowler

Peter has over 38 years experience operating within the security industry, with particular reference to the electronic protection sector.

Peter is extensively travelled and has a long history of running successful companies having built and sold two security businesses, successfully carried out acquisitions, disposals and an MBO and has held several senior positions in listed companies.

Peter started his career in the security industry in 1970, quickly progressing into senior management roles. In 1980 he founded a specialist electronic security company, Sovereign Security Systems Limited, which became one of the leading independent security companies of its type in the UK and was acquired by the Britannia Security Group Plc in 1987.

In 1990, Peter joined the Menvier-Swain Group Plc as Managing Director of the newly acquired security division and has been Chief Executive Officer of the Westminster Group of companies since leading a management buy out of the business in 1996.

In 2000 Peter reorganised the business and disposed of the UK alarms business to Chubb in order to concentrate on international business and since that time has developed Westminster into a global business with representation in over 40 countries with an enviable international reputation and an extensive and growing ‘blue chip’ client base.

Peter is a member of the Risk Committee, Nominations Commitee and Disclosure Committee.

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Boden

Martin joined Westminster in June 2017. Martin is a Chartered Accountant and he has considerable experience with high growth businesses and sales into international markets.

He has worked with large listed businesses in Retail and Financial Services, and more recently he has worked with both AIM and FTSE 250 listed companies as well as Private Equity owned organisations. Martin’s most recent roles have been as CFO at Genus plc and JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Limited, a privately owned energy services business. Martin has worked closely with both UKTI and UK Export Finance on overseas projects.

Martin is a member of the Risk Committee and the Disclosure Committee.

Operations Director

Stuart Fowler BEng (Hons)

Stuart has many years experience of the security industry and has been particularly involved on many of the more complex integrated security systems.

Stuart studied computing and business studies at University obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in 1996. After university Stuart successfully implemented several software development projects for listed companies before joining Westminster in 1998 as IT manager. After acquiring considerable experience with the vast array of technical products and equipment in which the Company is involved, he was appointed a Director within the Group in 2000.

Since that time Stuart has been instrumental in the design & implementation of many larger complex systems installed by the Westminster Group Plc. and is now responsible for the groups operations and technical implementation worldwide.

Non-executive Director

James Sutcliffe

James Sutcliffe has gained a broad range of experience managing private and Listed businesses over the last 25 years as Chairman, CEO or Director in small companies as well as an Executive Director of large, LSE quoted public companies. This included the £475M acquisition of PD Ports plc in 2003 and the development of a new 500,000 TEU container terminal in 2005-7 from a beach at Gdansk in Poland.

He Chaired UKTI “Ports & Marine” from 2006-2012 representing the whole of the UK ports and maritime sector internationally, working with senior UK Ministers and VVIP’s promoting the UK to Emerging Market countries and Governments around the world.

His track record of enhancing ports and logistics businesses, creating new value and his entrepreneurial leadership, in what is often a traditional business model, has been complemented by a solid background in corporate governance and strategic thinking.

Ports and airports are frontiers to any country and so his experience in boarder security and international markets is highly relevant to Westminster Groups activities.

James is Chairman of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee and on the Remuneration Committee, Nominations Commitee and Disclosure Committee.

Operational Board

The Operational Board comprises of the Group CEO and other Group and Divisional Directors as deemed appropriate and is responsible for the running of the business. The Operational Board will meet monthly or at any other time deemed necessary for the good management of the business and at a location agreed between the Board members. The Operational Board reports to the PLC Board.

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Fowler

Peter has over 38 years experience operating within the security industry, with particular reference to the electronic protection sector.

Peter is extensively travelled and has a long history of running successful companies having built and sold two security businesses, successfully carried out acquisitions, disposals and an MBO and has held several senior positions in listed companies.

Peter started his career in the security industry in 1970, quickly progressing into senior management roles. In 1980 he founded a specialist electronic security company, Sovereign Security Systems Limited, which became one of the leading independent security companies of its type in the UK and was acquired by the Britannia Security Group Plc in 1987.

In 1990, Peter joined the Menvier-Swain Group Plc as Managing Director of the newly acquired security division and has been Chief Executive Officer of the Westminster Group of companies since leading a management buy out of the business in 1996.

In 2000 Peter reorganised the business and disposed of the UK alarms business to Chubb in order to concentrate on international business and since that time has developed Westminster into a global business with representation in over 40 countries with an enviable international reputation and an extensive and growing ‘blue chip’ client base.

Peter is a member of the Risk Committee, Nominations Commitee and Disclosure Committee.

Commercial Director & Company Secretary

Roger Worrall

Roger has 36 years experience in the electrical and electronic installation and manufacturing industries.

Roger began his career in the Royal Navy before joining an electrical company specialising in large scale electrical contracting. In 1975 Roger joined the newly formed Menvier (Electronic Engineers) Limited a forerunner to the Menvier-Swain Group Plc, an international supplier of fire and safety systems and was appointed a director in 1987. Menvier Swain Group Plc joined the Unlisted Securities Market (USM) in 1986. Roger remained with the Menvier-Swain Group Plc until 1999, when he joined Westminster Security Systems as a Director.

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Boden

Martin joined Westminster in June 2017. Martin is a Chartered Accountant and he has considerable experience with high growth businesses and sales into international markets.

He has worked with large listed businesses in Retail and Financial Services, and more recently he has worked with both AIM and FTSE 250 listed companies as well as Private Equity owned organisations. Martin’s most recent roles have been as CFO at Genus plc and JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Limited, a privately owned energy services business. Martin has worked closely with both UKTI and UK Export Finance on overseas projects.

Martin is a member of the Risk Committee and the Disclosure Committee.

Operations Director

Stuart Fowler BEng (Hons)

Stuart has many years experience of the security industry and has been particularly involved on many of the more complex integrated security systems.

Stuart studied computing and business studies at University obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in 1996. After university Stuart successfully implemented several software development projects for listed companies before joining Westminster in 1998 as IT manager. After acquiring considerable experience with the vast array of technical products and equipment in which the Company is involved, he was appointed a Director within the Group in 2000.

Since that time Stuart has been instrumental in the design & implementation of many larger complex systems installed by the Westminster Group Plc. and is now responsible for the groups operations and technical implementation worldwide.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board assists and advises the Group and its subsidiaries on various international issues including governmental and client liaison, cultural, ethnic and religious sensitivities, compliance with legal issues, financing and general business development.

Advisor

The Hon. Sir Michael Pakenham KBE CMG

Sir Michael Pakenham had a distinguished career in the British Diplomatic Service lasting nearly 40 years, during which time he held posts in Poland, Paris, Washington, New Delhi, Nairobi, Brussels, Luxembourg and London. Whilst in the Cabinet Office in Whitehall he served for three years as Cabinet Secretary for Defence and Overseas Affairs, as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and as Intelligence Coordinator. He retired from the Service in 2003 at which point he was British Ambassador to Poland.

For the past 8 years he has been the Senior Advisor to Access Industries, a US-based private holding company with global interests, including in Russia. Other appointments include being Vice-Chairman of the Council of Kings College, London University; and a Trustee of the Chevening Estate. He has also served as a member of the European Advisory Board to Northrop Grumman Information Services, and of the Advisory Board to the Cambridge Judge Business School; and he has led work on the EU Security & Technology research project with Thales and the IISS.

Advisor

Shiv Kumar

Mr. Shiv Surinder Kumar has over 20 years of experience in the areas of asset management, merchant banking, capital markets and wealth management across Asia, Europe and the Middle-East and has significant experience in securities trading, private placement, debt restructuring and disinvestments.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch International, where he managed private banking with a focus on structured products related to wealth management of high net worth individuals and family offices. From 1992 to 1997, he served as a Vice President of Hinduja Finance Ltd, India, where he managed a balance sheet of $80 million, arranged investment banking transactions and invested on a proprietary basis in venture capital transactions. From 1988 to 1993, he served as Vice President and Assistant Vice President roles at Prime Securities Limited, India, and Bank of America NT&SA. He has been an Independent Director of Amira Nature Foods Ltd. since June 5, 2013. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Kumar served as the Director of Genesis International, Dubai, UAE, where he served on a number of strategic investment projects including airport privatization in India and private placements in mid-cap Indian companies.

Shiv Kumar founded “Bridge Capital Group” in 2005, a boutique investment advisory and fund management outfit providing broad range of corporate finance services. Bridge Capital in the past managed Funds in excess of US$ 200 million covering Infrastructure & Warehousing Sector.

He has a Bachelors of Commerce degree from HR College of Commerce (Bombay University, India) and MBA from International Management Institute, New Delhi (Affiliated to IMI, Geneva and McGill College, Canada)

Advisor

Patrick Tsang

Mr Patrick Tsang has extensive experience as a financial professional with vast experience in Asian markets. He has worked on international M&A transactions and had made numerous investments in technology, media, telecomm, e-commerce, gaming and entertainment globally. He has served as a director and advisor to many listed companies.

Patrick Tsang is Chairman of Vale International Group, is an Executive Director and the Chief Investment Officer of GNet Group plc. Patrick has served as a director and advisor to many listed companies, particularly including as an advisor and an executive director of Hong Kong listed companies, Emperor Entertainment Group and Dragonlott Entertainment Group. From 2003 to 2007, he headed the private equity division of a multinational e-commerce firm in Asia, Quest Strategies, where he was responsible for investment origination, negotiation, and structuring of deals across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with transactions ranging from technology and telecoms to media and property. Patrick founded Global Angels Ltd. and has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and corporate law.

Patrick won one of the Awards for China Economic Person of the Year at the China Economic Development Forum in 2014 and he speaks and writes regularly on e-commerce, technology, internet, finance, investment, venture capital and private equity related topics and is regularly invited as a speaker to seminars and conferences, such as the China Britain Business Council Conference 2014 in Beijing, and 2015 in London, the Financial Times fDi Forum Asia 2015 and the Private International Equity Fund COO seminar in 2015.

Patrick is active in various charity and business associations in the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong as well as in the United Kingdom. He is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and Hong Kong.

Advisor

J Mawuli Ababio

Mr John Mawuli Ababio is a financial professional with over 25 years’ experience in structuring private equity and project financing transactions in Africa.

He began his career in 1984 in Geneva, Switzerland as an analyst with SIFIDA Investment Company (now BNP Paribas SIFIDA), with responsibility for the company’s portfolio in North, East and Southern Africa. In 1991 he joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire as a member of the pioneering team to set up the Bank’s Private Equity department. In 1994 he moved to Ghana as Manager of one of the UK Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) first ever sponsored African SME Funds. The Fund was subsequently converted into Aureos Capital as part of CDC’s restructuring and is now owned by Abraaj, a global PE firm.

In 2000 he co-founded Faith Brothers Ltd, Ghana, as an investment holding company and subsequently acquired Citi Savings and Loans Ltd. a leading micro-finance company in Ghana. This latter company was subsequently converted into Intercontinental Bank Ghana Limited and eventually acquired by Access Bank plc of Nigeria.

Between 2005-7, he consulted for PwC France on setting up VC/PE firms to fund the SME space in Francophone Africa. In 2007 he moved to Johannesburg as Managing Director of the Africa Venture Capital Association (AVCA), the industry body for African Private Equity. In 2010, he joined PCM Capital Partners (PCP) to advise on setting up the West Africa Emerging Markets Growth Fund (WAEMGF), a regional PE investment vehicle whose LP investors include the AfDB and South Africa’s Private Investment Corporation (PIC).

Mr Ababio has previously chaired and served on several boards. He is currently Executive Vice-Chairman and Director of PCM Capital Partners, Mauritius and Non-Executive Director of Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, Abosso Goldfields Ltd and Leasafric Gh Ltd. He is bilingual and speaks fluent French.

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